Aggressive and steadfast is true, it's the Texas cowboy swagger that draws me to the tuff guy conclusion.
Kerry will be no better. He will continue to fight the terrorists militarily which I feel is counter productive.
The "war on terror" will become much like the "war on drugs". A very largescale, costly, misplaced operation which casts the law of dimishing returns aside to catch a couple dudes in a rubber boat full of pot. All the while costing taxpayers billions in R&D money to catch said smugglers.
We should learn to fight this war differently. This is why we MUST win Iraq, there is no other solution.
Empower moderate Muslims and encourage them to hold terrorists and insurgents accountable for their actions. These people know they will never win a military war, but as history has shown we rarely have the stomach to stay in for the win when things get ugly.
Only Muslims can defeat the Muslim extremists. No matter how many bombs we drop on them we will not win. The only thing we can do to empower moderate Muslims against the extremists is to modify our policies. Short of that, we will lose this war.
We don't need to show resolve and take the bitter pill we are given. There are other ways.